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Honour for great Black Britons List founder

RECOGNITION: Patrick Vernon of Every Generation Media

PATRICK VERNON, the man behind the 100 Great Black Britons List was among the entrepreneurs who were honoured at the recent BE Mogul awards.

Earlier this month, NatWest hosted the official launch and awards ceremony in London where over 75 of the most innovative and successful black business owners featured in the BE Mogul publication were in attendance along with other VIP guests.

Vernon, who produced the list through his company Every Generation Media, said: “It is great to be recognised by BE Mogul for my work in the last 14 years in developing my social enterprise Every Generation Media. I established my company whilst working as a senior manager for the NHS in Brent. It was based on my experience as volunteer mentor working with African and Caribbean boys and young men in Brent and Hackney. I thus decided that I wanted to develop a resource around family history, identity and black heritage to improve confidence and belonging to young people and families. With the support of a Millennium Award I launched the every generation website and then 100 Great Black Britons.”

Vernon added: “I want to thank previous staff, advisers, supporters and family members as the journey to achievement is a bumpy one with lots of traps and pitfalls along the way. I still have so many stories and narratives to share through film and publications.”

BE Mogul features leadingblack businesses and entrepreneurs including Kanya King founder of the MOBO awards. Tips and advice are also included to help readers build and grow their business.

Included in the publication is an Under 21 profile category and a Rising Star category which features Bianca Miller the Apprentice runner up.

SPOTLIGHT

Mavis Amankwah, co-founder of BE Mogul and CEO of Rich Visions, the company behind the new publication, said she aims to shine a spotlight on black British entrepreneurial talent.

She told The Voice: “We want to shout loud and proud about the positive economic contribution black-owned businesses are making in Britain today. I think it’s also about inspiring the younger generation. If they want to start a business, they are able to look at these people and relate to them; some of them could even become their role models.”

When asked why she believes black business are not as recognised as other businesses within mainstream media, she said: “We as black businesses just get on, we just beaver away, we just do what we have to do to get on. We also tend to shy away from PR and publicity, because in our community you don’t want to seem like you’re showing off.”

Amankwah also highlighted how Asian communities here in the UK and in other countries readily highlight and celebrate business successes citing the Forbes Asian and Indian Rich lists as examples of this.

“If we want to grow and nurture our next generation and build a community then we need to literally keep working together by supporting each other,” she added.

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